Zazzetti signs with IU KokomoNovember 7, 2019
By JONATHAN SAXON
FERDINAND — It’s the dream of many high school athletes to have the chance to pursue and compete in their sport at the next level, and for one member of the Forest Park girls basketball team, that hope became a reality Thursday afternoon.
Rangers senior forward/center Faith Zazzetti signed her letter of intent to play college basketball at Indiana University Kokomo during a small celebration held in the high school’s library, which included friends, family and her teammates. She was joined by coach Tony Hasenour and athletic director Doug Louden as they shared a few words to express the pride they felt in watching Zazzetti grow as a person and player in her time at Forest Park.
“Just to know I have another four years after this is real exciting,” Zazzetti said.
“I’m really excited and proud of her,” added Hasenour. “This is something she wanted for years and she put in the time, effort and extra work necessary to get this opportunity. For me to be able to see her fulfill her dreams, I’m just tickled pink.”
Zazzetti, who averaged nine points and more than 7.5 rebounds last season, and currently holds the school record with 96 blocks, said she received interest from other schools, she knew that Kokomo was right fit for her after a campus visit during the summer.
“The campus is really pretty and right away I loved it,” she said. “The coaches were super welcoming and had a lot of stuff to bring to the table. It took a little bit of thinking because it is a big decision, but towards the end of the summer I knew.”
Parents Jill and Tony Zazzetti both said Faith started showing signs of her potential when she started playing travel ball in eighth grade, and she took it upon herself to invest huge chunks of her energy and spare time working towards an opportunity to play ball at the college level.
“She put herself through a lot mentally and physically,” said Jill. “(There were) a lot of bruises, aches and pains that she fought through.”
“The majority of her summers are spent at practice or traveling for tourneys,” added Tony. “It’s been a lot of time, effort and hard work on her part to make it here.”
Zazzetti said she felt a sense of relief after signing the letter and reaping the fruits from years of hard work. With that behind her, she looks forward to going out on the court to finish her high school career on a high note with her lifelong friends.
“It’s our last season as a senior group and we’ve all been playing together since fifth grade,” she said. “We have good underclassmen coming up to help us, so we should have a really good season. I’m really excited to see where we go with it.”
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